Fake News: Who Makes It And Who Believes It

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There are news stories about Fake News beginning to pop up a lot now. Many of us have realized for months that much of what is being put out as news about the election is completely, or at least mostly, false. Yet it spreads like wildfire and the reason it works is because so many people are gullible for it. Sure, some stories are easy to believe, but once they are proven false, some people continue to believe them anyway, and many that see the truth in that instance will go on and believe the next one without questioning it.

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That was the headline of the Denver Guardian about a month ago, and repeated on their web site. The only problems are that there really is no Denver Guardian and the story is completely made up. That story flooded Facebook pages and the internet in general. It became so trending that legitimate media sources picked it up. Turns out that the story was from Jestin Coler, founder and CEO of Disinfomedia, which owns many fake news sources.

We have seen fake news at the checkout stands for decades. Intelligent people do not believe them, yet they continue to make millions every year from people who do believe them.

Fake News: Who Makes It And Who Believes It

So why do so many people believe all the fake news out there? Partly because it is well written (sometimes), partly because some truth is mixed in to make it sound more believable, and partly because some gullible people want to hear bad news about someone or something so badly that they will believe garbage.

Though Coler hid his ownership pretty well, NPR enlisted an expert to track him down. And they found he had many false news fronts and had been doing it for some time. Originally he had intended to infiltrate the alt-right and publish false stories, then prove they were false to discredit the alt-right. His education was in political science and he enjoys the ideas of propoganda and misinformation.

So why did he stop trying to make the right look bad with fake news and go after the left? It turns out the left is not as gullible as the right. "We've tried to do similar things to liberals. It just has never worked, it never takes off. You'll get debunked within the first two comments and then the whole thing just kind of fizzles out." But the right just gobbles up the fake news stories. Coler stated that he owns about 25 domains, though not all of them are fake news. In addition, he had numerous Facebook pages (Facebook has since cracked down on fake news pages).

Look at these documents from a doctor showing that Hillary is having seizures and suffering dementia.

Fake News: Who Makes It And Who Believes It

Anybody familiar with medical reports will notice that this is not in the correct form. The doctor is real, but the position she has is misstated, and this is the same doctor who gave the letter stating that Hillary is fully competent and healthy to become president, and that doctor released a statement that these documents did not come from her.

Why do people make these fake news accounts? Some do it just for fun, some for the money. Many for a combination of the two. How do they become so viral? The people who promote fake news have facebook pages that divert people to their web pages where they are treated to stories they want to hear. They then pass on the links to others. And many times, as fake stories about Hillary gained ground, Trump pointed to them to support false claims about Hillary.

Even the stories which have some basis in fact are distorted. She did use a personal email server for classified info which was wrong. But the experts in investigation and prosecution found that there was no evidence that she had done things so bad as to warrant the prosecution and she would have been found not guilty.

Fake News: Who Makes It And Who Believes It

She did defend an accused child rapist. That was a job she did not choose but was handed to her as a public defender. The right to legal counsel is part of our system, and anyone who is against the right to a defense is against the American way. She was heard laughing about mistakes the prosecutor made, but that was not laughing about the crime, which many people accuse her of.

So we have someone investigated by federal agencies, sometimes more than once for the same alleged crimes, and was not found to have enough evidence against her to prosecute. Yet the fake news stories keep going out and gullible people believe them. It would be simple enough to research these things ourselves and find the truth. But for those to lazy to do so, there is Snopes.com, which digs deeply into many stories and tells us if they are true, false, or in between. But still, people prefer to believe whatever fits their mood.

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  • Saoirse_Nua
    I think it definitely came to the forefront during the election campaign. Great hint about Snopes. com who fact check internet rumours. There was an interesting media analysis piece about news feeds recently how the vast majority of people get the information of their personalised newsfeeds on social media. So if your leanings are a certain way, so most people have checked their social media they have seen a story false or not, through manipulation of content that by the time they get closer to the facts, the information narrative has formed. I watched the campaign closely facts come in a long second to the narratives in the news cycle. It took a bit of time but what I generally did was read some info then I would check both sides for their take and then have a think about where the truth was somewhere in the middle.
    Is this still revelant?
    • Red_Arrow

      It would be wonderful if our own countrymen would look as closely for the truth in our country as you do from outside the country. Thank you.

    • goaded

      Unfortunately, the same people spreading the lies will also tell you that you are a brainwashed sheep and that snopes is not "an actual new source".

      www.girlsaskguys.com/.../q2136564-trump-was-recorded-having-extremely-lewd-conversation-about-women-is
      www.girlsaskguys.com/.../q2140575-why-is-everyone-making-such-a-big-thing-out-of-something-trump-said

    • jacquesvol

      @goaded When answering one of these hoaxes here on G@g, I posted a link to a fact checking site , one of the believers answered Fact checker sites? you could as well post what Hillary's team says". People just WANT to believe lies if these lies fit in with their prejudices.

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  • SensualScribe
    People do not know how to discern what is and is not a reliable source. I cannot tell you how many times I see family and friends post some fake shit on Facebook. Just makes me *face palm* every time.
    Is this still revelant?
    • Red_Arrow

      Even in my extended family, I am seeing people argue some of these false "news" items after they are proven false to the point that other family members want to block them on Facebook. It is amazing what people will believe, and even more amazing how many do.

    • I know. The fact that they will argue even after it is proven false is just them not wanting to admit that they fell for it.

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  • Valkyrie1
    Nice job! #Respect
    Sam Bee's show did an interview with Coler. Did you see it?
    You didn't mention the Russian Trolls though I think their influence was more minor.
    • Red_Arrow

      I watched the interview after you mentioned it here.
      There were many Russian citizen sources of fake news, but I have not seen any proof that the Russian government is behind any of them, though apparently there is a lot of evidence pointing our intel communities toward them.
      #PizzaGate was a dangerous story. That whack job went in there and shot it up and even after seeing there was no place in there that could have provided child prostitution or porn, he still believes the story. Apparently Michael Flynn, Trump's pick for National Security Advisor, believed it and tweeted about it before the election. His son was on the transistion team and kept tweeting about that and was fired. Michael Flynn was forced out of his previous job as Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency because he "exhibited a loose relationship with facts, leading his subordinates to refer to Flynn's repeated dubious assertions as "Flynn facts"". So Trump hires him. Good Grief!

    • Valkyrie1

      I know I did a question on #PizzaGate.

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  • Fathoms77
    The internet is mostly to blame. If you simply read real news publications, you typically don't run into this problem. Real journalists certainly can make mistakes but publishing false information can get you fired from legit publications.
    • goaded

      You're right, but if you only rely on the "real news publications" you don't find out about things like #NoDAPL where US police are protecting a corporation while it breaks the law. They're using dangerous weapons on unarmed citizens (one woman had her arm shredded below the elbow by a concussion grenade, she may lose it). There's a load of video evidence of this, by the way, not just fake newspapers.

    • Fathoms77

      @goaded Such reports are always incomplete and typically use questionable sources. I know some of it can be valuable but for the most part, the amateur-ish nature of the reporting should make us wary.

    • Red_Arrow

      We cannot post updates to myTakes so I have to refer you in this manner: please see the link to the NYTimes article by a pink anon about half an hour before I am writing this. A man made an incorrect assumption and tweeted it as fact. It went viral. fact checking it proved it was false and the originator was considering deleting it, but then Trump started tweeting that it proved protesters were being paid so the originator decided to leave it up. It was retweeted thousands of times and posted on Facebook tens of thousands of times. When he finally deleted that tweet and posting one that showed the original to be false, it got 29 retweets and 27 likes.

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  • VomitLives
    http ://www. snopes. com/trump-mexicans-puerto-rico/

    It must be those silly conservative morons putting out all the fake stories.

    And all the poli sci students in my school believed this unquestioningly. SMH.
    • Red_Arrow

      As that points out, that story ran on a web site called The Farce Report. Anybody who sees the name of the page and still believes the information on it has very deep problems. Plus the tone of the article gave it away as phony. But for those who miss all that, the "about" page stated " The mission of the critically-acclaimed publication is to be the most inaccurate, nonsensical, and least thorough source of news on the Internet today, and that’s saying something. No bribe is too small, no celebrity scandal too unsavory for coverage. Our (insert jargon here) content combined with cat videos offers our audience significant value in exchange for its procrastinated attention. The Farce Report is dedicated to the belief that if a story does not immediately grip your attention, you should make up something else. If it sounds too fake to be true, you are probably looking at NYTimes. com, not us."

      Even a total moron should not fall for any "news" they publish.

    • VomitLives

      Most of them probably have it filtered down through memes and things on social media. I doubt they would believe it if they saw the original, but they just don't bother to check things out if they fit their political bent.

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  • JenSCDC
    Other fact checking sites are politifact. com and factcheck. org.

    And alway keep in mind Carl Sagan's famous quote: "extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence".
  • EmpressOfGAG
    Your account is basically like CNN. They both exist to protect Hillary Clinton. Only difference is they get billions for it and you're dumb enough to do it for free.
    • Red_Arrow

      I point out verified and documented accounts and you call me dumb while you believe the fairy tales these fake news producers have created. Kind of points out which of us is the dumb one. Way to go, IdiotOfGAG.

    • Oh I just think it's dumb you fight for something which won't help you at all and for a person who despises you

    • Red_Arrow

      I am pointing out how fake news begins and how it grows. So what do you think is the "thing" that I am "fighting for", and what person are you talking about and who despises me? Do you have any connection with sanity?

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  • Jager66
    Mainstream media puts out fake news as well. A big problem from this is politicians and news companies want to label anything that contradicts their point of view as "Fake News".
  • castratedwhiteguy
    Seems to me like you're choking to death on fake news. Anyone who doesn't think that Crooked Hillary shouldn't be in jail right now over that email scandal, and that she was fraudulently protected by the FBI director, is being spoon-fed a bunch of bullshit.

    In fact, nobody puts out more fake news and blatant fear mongering than the Democrat Party. The environment is the most comical example. First it's global cooling! Then it's global warming! Now it's climate change! Finally, it won't even matter anymore. Just know that the earth is really melting; or is it freezing? Never-mind! No time to think! Just pay Al Gore and some multinational corporations your carbon taxes ASAP so that they can save the planet from imminent destruction! Damn, that sounds so reasonable...
    • Red_Arrow

      What fake news from the Democrats? The change in temperature and the way that we are affecting it has been proven. Does not matter what you call it, it is happening, and only less than 10% of scientists are still clinging to saying it is not, and most of them are being paid by groups wanting to continue killing the environment. But, it is part of the fake news from the alt-right.

      Email? lol. In 1973 Trump was found to be discriminating (through his corporation) against blacks by not renting to them. The Justice Department went after him and he used his money to tie up the courts for years. Finally they subpoenaed his email and many other documents, and somehow they had just disappeared. Justice continued after email and other documents for years after that with the subpoenas already in place, and those documents kept disappearing with all kinds of phony excuses.

    • Red_Arrow

      Finally he signed an agreement to not discriminate (without admitting he already had), then continued to discriminate. There is your bigger email scandal.

      And the FBI. The special treatment she got was the director saying on the eve of the election that there was more incriminating emails, the timing of which tanked Hillary's campaign, then admitted there really was nothing new and nothing chargeable.

    • Red_Arrow

      Really looks like The Don should be in jail, but he has been buying his way out for decades.

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  • SovereignessofVamps
    Isn't impersonating an MD a crime?
    • Red_Arrow

      Probably. But I think this is more forgery because the author was attaching someone else's name to a fake document. But the question then becomes, who actually did it. On the internet it is buried in reposts, etc.

    • jacquesvol

      Slander too is a crime.

  • Negrodamuss
    Brietbart is like the birthplace of fake news
    • Great take by the way. I've also noticed that this fake news stuff seems a lot easier to be pushed on conservatives, and I think it's largely due to the fact that they are so monumentally wrong on certain issues (like climate change being a hoax/Chinese conspiracy as trump would say) , they are desperate to find anything that confirms their biases. Sad but, that's the world we live in

    • Red_Arrow

      All true. But is their affliction crises by the closed environment they live in, or is it genetic?

    • Red_Arrow

      * caused *

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  • starryeyedkitten
    Fox news is the biggest joke around
    • Red_Arrow

      Except that jokes are supposed to be funny, and they are so bad they are NOT funny.

    • jacquesvol

      Fox news is the biggest hoax around. Not a joke.

    • jacquesvol

      It's only topped by Infowars and Breitbart-Newsmax.

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  • bruce3
    good post
  • Adigelunar
    good jobb
  • MissSakura
    yeah there are tons of fake news
  • Anonymous
    Enquirer has always been fake BS.
    • Red_Arrow

      Just before the picture I stated that it has been putting out false stories for decades. No idea how long it has been in existence, but always fake.

  • Anonymous
    "We've tried to do similar things to liberals. It just has never worked, it never takes off. You'll get debunked within the first two comments and then the whole thing just kind of fizzles out."

    This phenomenon has been echoed on gag for the nearly the past year. Republicans are very susceptible to emotional appeals, don''t fact check anything and don't think logically.
    • Anonymous

      I forgot they also have EXTREME confirmation bias.

    • Red_Arrow

      Trump threatened to challenge the election results if he did not win. Now there is a push for a recount in three states and he is referring to that as a "scam". Four years of his crap!

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    • Red_Arrow

      I had read this but could not find it again while writing this. It is excellent. Thank you for pointing it out to me.

    • Anonymous

      You're welcome

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  • Anonymous
    Has for "no evidence" THAT IS FALSE! You have been victim of false news! There was evidence the "official" story was they didn't prosecute because she didn't have "mens rea" or guilty mind. Which literally 30 seconds on Google will prove the statute does NOT require it to prosecute. The real reason? She is rich and connected enough to be above the law. The American Justice system is a fucking joke!
    • Red_Arrow

      I see. We should ignore all the well investigated true reports that came out after all the twitter and facebook BS and believe she is well off enough to be above the law, proven by... you thinking so.

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